Advocates for homeless remember men, women who died on the streets

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December 29, 2015

Participants at the seventh annual Greater Green Bay Area Homeless Persons' Interfaith Memorial Service, held Dec. 21 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Green Bay, Wis., join in a procession carrying shoes and candles representing homeless men and women who died in 2015. (CNS photo/Sam Lucero, The Compass) See HOMELESS-MEMORIAL Dec. 28, 2015.

Participants at the seventh annual Greater Green Bay Area Homeless Persons’ Interfaith Memorial Service, held Dec. 21 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Green Bay, Wis., join in a procession carrying shoes and candles representing homeless men and women who died in 2015. (CNS photo/Sam Lucero, The Compass)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (CNS) — The first day of winter, Dec. 21, is also known as the winter solstice. It is the shortest day and longest night of the year. For people who are homeless, it’s a night that represents the harsh challenges of living on the streets.

For the past seven years, St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter, a ministry of the Diocese of Green Bay, has sponsored an interfaith memorial prayer service to remember local men and women who have died while homeless. The service is part of Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day, which has been sponsored nationally by the National Coalition for the Homeless since 1990.

Green Bay’s memorial service began near the entrance of St. John the Evangelist Church with a candlelight prayer service and circle walk. The walk was led by members of the Open Heart Mindfulness Community, a Buddhist Sangha community.

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